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This TV On The Radio album, Nine Types of Light (Interscope), is a lush and beautiful album that stands apart from the group's previous work. If their other albums had shades of dystopia and distress, this album, sung by Tunde ... Read more in Amazon's TV on the Radio Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Sept. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope
  • ASIN: B000H7JDZO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 560,335 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Was A Lover
2. Hours
3. Province
4. Playhouses
5. Wolf Like Me
6. A Method
7. Let The Devil In
8. Dirtywhirl
9. Blues From Down Here
10. Tonight
11. Wash The Day
12. Silent
13. Silent
14. Silent
15. Silent
16. Silent
17. Silent
18. Silent
19. Silent
20. Silent
See all 29 tracks on this disc

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It's not unusual for New York bands to take their inspiration from the UK, but TV On The Radio must be one of the few to draw from the artsier side of the British music. Which is why their second album, Return to Cookie Mountain, sounds like something that could have been produced by Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, or David Bowie--and, at its best, all three at the same time. And if there's any doubt as to TOTR's authenticity, then look no further than "Province", which features vocals from Mr Bowie himself. But really, Return to Cookie Mountain doesn't need the validation (though it's nice to have). Yes, it's a slightly wierd album, and probably not to everyone's taste with its feedback-heavy guitars, frenetic and syncopated drums, washes of synths and the eerie vocals of Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe. But from the opener "I Was a Lover", Return to Cookie Mountain is an album that's rich, rewarding and atmospheric. And lest it all seem a bit too pretentious, there are actual tunes here as well: "Wolf Like Me", for example, is a catchy pop song lurking behind all the feedback. Return to Cookie Mountain may not be easy listening, but it is an album well worth listening to. --Ted Kord

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Collins on 10 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've always been aware of TV On The Radio but, shamefully, have never listened to an album of theirs in earnest until this one, and it's a revelation. I know we're only halfway through 2006, but I was starting to think Ten Silver Drops by Secret Machines could not be beaten in the intelligent, inventive US rock stakes. Well, Return To Cookie Mountain is giving it a run for its money. This album is so rhythmically interesting as much as anything else; haunting, rocky, soulful in a way that comes close to the Afghan Whigs, which is a high compliment, and I also hear shades of the Psychedelic Furs too, which you don't often say, and plenty of early solo Peter Gabriel. Really well worth a listen if you prefer your rock music grown-up, spooky and questioning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Demob Happy on 31 Jan. 2007
Format: Audio CD
TV on the Radio aren't as an immediate band to get into as some reviews might have you believe. I loved their first EP Young Liars but found their debut LP 'Desperate Youth Blood Thirsty Babes' wearyingly oppressive and turgid and two-starred it in an unpopular Amazon review. I have given Return to Cookie Mountain more time, and whereas some of the heavy atmospherics can veer towards pretentious overload, there is more hookiness and focus to this recording. David Bowie is an obvious influence (in particular his underrated Outside) - and the great man himself appears on the excellent 'Province' - but it is fair to say that they have developed a distinctive sound of their own: the grimy, churning guitars, the soulful barbershop harmonies, the cavernous production.

The singular opener 'I Was A Lover', one of the album's best tracks, is also one of the hardest to describe, with its cut and paste aesthetic and falsetto vocal hook. Hours is moody and urban with a hint of Peter Gabriel, but gently swells into alt-rock territory. 'Playhouses' is all heavy distortion and fast-drumming that doesn't hold together as well, while 'Wolf Like Me' is the closest this album has to an anthem, with its melodic refrain of 'Howling... Forever' gradually emerging out of the fog of frenetic guitars. 'A Method' takes their penchant of barbershop harmonising to its most successful extreme while the swashbuckling, raucous 'Let the Devil In' displays the influence of the Pixies and Tom Waits. Dirtywhirl has more crossover appeal while the goth-tinged and darkly propulsive 'Blues From Down Here' could be The Sisters of Mercy. The atmospheric 'Tonight' bears a (probably unwitting) resemblance to prototype shoegazers A.R. Kane, for whom the term Oceanic was coined. The dissapointing closer 'Wash the Day', on the other hand, tries to throw everything into the mix for a climatic finale but is a bit of a mess. Lots to enjoy though, and a step in the right direction.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
TV on the Radio gave some serious reinvention to indie rock, with their debut "Desperate Youth Blood Thirsty Babes." Then they sort of dropped off for awhile, apparently to tinker with their future sound.

Well, "Return to Cookie Mountain" is an evolution of what they've done before -- the art-rock sound, the grimy electro, and the rough edges that don't need polishing.This isn't quite "there" enough to be their masterpiece, but TV on the Radio is definitely sounding wonderfully mature.

It starts off with the year's best intro -- drum beats, clashes, and an offbeat horn symphony that cuts itself off, before repeating again. As the jagged electronic beats come on, Tunde Adepimbe begins to croon, "I was a lover/before this war... I'm locked in my bedroom/so send back the clowns..." It's a bittersweet song with a warm, rich feeling.

The closest thing they have to typical rock is the heart-pounding "Wolf Like Me," with its howled bridges and eerie feeling, and the expansive, tinkling, explosive "Playhouses." There's also the rustling, stomping art-rock of "Let the Devil In," the swirling electro-rock, the soul-rock, and the epic bass-rock of the finale "Wash the Day Away."

Don't expect TV on the Radio to really rock out in "Return to Cookie Mountain," since they got recognition for their equally dense debut. The songs that follow are too grandiose, too looped, and too dense to be toe-tappers. The only real flaw is their tendency to sometimes neglect music in place of atmosphere -- although even their failures are fascinating.

And that atmosphere is of a dangerous, beautiful place -- campfires, tribal dances, wild animals and flying over mountains.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Maguire on 23 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
These guys are such an exciting group. On their last album they impressed with crazy production on great songs, leaving high expectations for the future. This album is fantastic. It lives up to all that anyone could have wanted from it. Eclectic, yet focused. Completely unlike any other band I've ever heard, and from what I've seen on youtube, a band with an incredible energy. I really don't need to argue my case more, except maybe for telling you to listen to 'Wolf Like Me'. I've only known the song a couple of months and it's firmly established itself as one of my all time favorites.
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By ModestMouse101 on 21 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This Album has to be the best album of 2006, and is the best album i've come across since The Arcade Fire's 'Funeral' album. Having bought this album way back in September '06 having seen them at Reading Festival, I am well aware that this album does require time to grow on you, but once it has you will be drawn in by its emotional punch and Magnificence.

1. I Was A Lover- Very good opener and the 3rd single, Looping Horns give this song a Haunting quality 9/10

2. Hours- Another Strong song 8/10

3. Province- David Bowie provides backing vocals on this reflective song, second best on the album. 10/10

4. Playhouses- Probably the weakest on the album never really gets going. 5/10

5. Wolf Like Me- The Opening Single, and a great track, this will be your instant favourite, Very Anthemic 10/10

6. Method- Good but not great song, catchy but ultimately tiresome on repeated listenings. However good for occasional listening. 7/10

7. Let The Devil In- A good track one of the heavier on the album. 8/10

8. Dirtywhirl- A Catchy number and a great song, Great lyrics. 8/10

9. Blues From Down Here- The Best track on the album, its quite simply epic, A masterpiece. 10/10

10. Tonight- A Chilled out song that is very haunting and one of the best of the album 10/10

11. Wash The Day Away- Fantastic way to see out the album as the lyrics get washed away in a sea of beatiful noise. 10/10

Overall A superb album that has to go down as one of the best albums produced this century far better than their previous effort 'Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes'.

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